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CBPS news update for December 2011

Just time for a few words to update you on the happenings for the last month of the year. You may remember that the CBPSCornwall Bus Preservation Society - formed by a group of bus and coach enthusiasts who are involved in maintaining, restoring and preserving a number of buses which saw operational service in Cornwall that have been bought, donated or even loaned to members of the group was unsuccessful in acquiring one of the former Western National owned 7' 6" wide Dennis Dart's which had worked in west Cornwall. Well I am pleased to report that we have been offered Dennis Dart 401Badgers and Flags Pointer Dart L401 VCV | Dennis Pointer Dart | Fleet No. 401 | CBPG (L401 VCVBadgers and Flags Pointer Dart L401 VCV | Dennis Pointer Dart | Fleet No. 401 | CBPG) which was new to Western National Limited in 1994. This vehicle is in excellent condition and preserved in the original 'badgers and flags' livery. Read more

CBPS news update for November 2011

There is not a lot to report for November and I'm still waiting for some responce to the following request. 

To all bus enthusiasts out there, we require additional suitable farm buildings or sheds with good road access so that the CBPSCornwall Bus Preservation Society - formed by a group of bus and coach enthusiasts who are involved in maintaining, restoring and preserving a number of buses which saw operational service in Cornwall that have been bought, donated or even loaned to members of the group can work all year round on our fleet and to be able to consider acquiring more vehicles for preservation. Please ask around and give us a call.

We are working on Bristol VRBristol VR Bristol's rear-engined bus chassis, designed as competitor to Leyland Atlantean and Daimler Fleetline. 1141(AFJ 706T) and hope to have her repainted before the spring of 2012 and back on the road. Read more

CBPS news update for October 2011

I've just realised that I haven't done the October news update so here it is, better late than never! We find ourselves at that part of the year where it is difficult to do now lots of jobs we intended to do months ago. Read more

2011 Penzance & Kingsbridge Running Days

As we drift closer towards winter 2011, you must make a note for 2012 to remind yourself and fellow enthusiasts that - 'I must not miss the Penzance and Kingsbridge Running Days next year as they are getting better and better!' Well, I am slightly biased as I am lucky enough to be involved with both events but I really do think these two running days are a bit special and offer so much for us enthusiasts. Read more

'Royal Blue' back in Wadebridge 2011 | Sat, 18/06/2011 | VRT1147

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The 2011 'Royal Blue' run took us across country from Oxford to Weston-Super-Mare and 'back home' to Cornwall. Colin Billington's superb 1951 Bristol half cab motors into Wadebridge just in time for 'scones with jam and cream' in the tea house in sunny June.

CBPS news update for September 2011

The evenings are closing in and the 2011 rally scene is drawing to a close and September is almost gone. We have four vehicles on the road, those being LeylandLeyland Bus was a British bus manufacturer. It emerged from the Rover Group (formerly British Leyland) as a management buyout of the bus business. It was subsequently acquired by Volvo Buses in 1988 and the name finally disappeared in 1993 OlympianLeyland Olympian was a 2-axle and 3-axle double-decker bus chassis manufactured by British Leyland/Leyland Bus in the United Kingdom from 1980 to 1993. It was the last Leyland bus model in production 34754Former Western National 'Bristol' Leyland Olympian, A754 VAF in Barbie 2 livery and displaying fleet number 34754; This represents a very important 'save' for the CBPG as is last vehicle from initial batch of 8 first introduced in Plymouth in November 1983 to come out of service in Cornwall A754 VAF | Leyland Olympian | Fleet No. 34754 (ex 1807/1754) | CBPG(A754 VAFFormer Western National 'Bristol' Leyland Olympian, A754 VAF in Barbie 2 livery and displaying fleet number 34754; This represents a very important 'save' for the CBPG as is last vehicle from initial batch of 8 first introduced in Plymouth in November 1983 to come out of service in Cornwall A754 VAF | Leyland Olympian | Fleet No. 34754 (ex 1807/1754) | CBPG), Bristol LHBristol Commercial Vehicles Light Horizontal engined single-decker bus chassis LH at 30' (9.1m); nearly 2,000 were built between 1967 and 1982 716Bristol LH 6L with 45 seat ECW bodywork was one of 10 new medium sized buses delivered to Western National in the summer of 1968 MUO 328F | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 716 | CBPG(MUO 328FBristol LH 6L with 45 seat ECW bodywork was one of 10 new medium sized buses delivered to Western National in the summer of 1968 MUO 328F | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 716 | CBPG), Mercedes VarioMercedes-Benz Vario (model designation W670) is a heavy van manufactured by Mercedes-Benz 52529529 became 52529 in national numbering system, fitted with 27 seats and soon received her current livery; S529 RWP | Mercedes Vario | Fleet No. 52529 | CBPG(S529 RWP) and Bristol VRBristol VR Bristol's rear-engined bus chassis, designed as competitor to Leyland Atlantean and Daimler Fleetline. 1003Bristol VR with fleet number 1003 (VDV 141S) is a 1978 convertible open topper, one of 11 delivered to Western National/Devon General between November 1977 and March 1978(VDV 141SBristol VR fleet number 1003 (VDV 141S) 1978 convertible open topper, one of 11 delivered to Western National/Devon General between November 1977 and March 1978; was originally numbered 941 and named 'Illustrious' VDV 141S | Bristol VR | Fleet No. 1003 (ex 941 'Illustrious') | CBPG). Read more

Warminster Running Day

Sunday, 9 October 2011 - 10:00am - 5:30pm

Bristol H and Bristol FLF's ready for Kingsbridge 2011 | Fri, 16/09/2011 | VRT1147

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Bristol FLFFlat floor, Long, Front entrance bus of low floor “Lodekka” type, giving passengers one step entrance and flat floor long before present generation of accessible buses 1969(468 FTT). Bristol H 137(FJ8967) and Bristol FLF 2019(824 KDV) at Loddiswell ready for the Kingsbridge Running DayFree vintage bus services on coast and country routes in South Devon usually held in September 2011.

A view of a depot in the 1960's? No - Loddiswell 2011 | Fri, 16/09/2011 | VRT1147

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This could be a shot of a depot in the 1960's. But no, it features Colin Billington's freshly re-painted Western National Bristol FLFFlat floor, Long, Front entrance bus of low floor “Lodekka” type, giving passengers one step entrance and flat floor long before present generation of accessible buses 1969(468 FTT) garaged alongside the 'Company's' Bristol K6A 353(FTT704) now owned by the Bristol Vintage Bus Group, at Loddiswell ready for the Kingsbridge Running DayFree vintage bus services on coast and country routes in South Devon usually held in September 2011.

'Royal Blue' coaches at Padstow in June 2011 | Sat, 18/06/2011 | VRT1147

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A brief stop at Padstow for these two 'Royal Blue' coaches spanning 30 years of travel on the 'Royal Blue Run' - Oxford to Newquay June 2011.

A 'Bristol' at Bristol Harbourside 2011 | Sun, 22/05/2011 | VRT1147

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22 May 2011
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We gave Steve Cock's 'Royal Blue' Bristol LHBristol Commercial Vehicles Light Horizontal engined single-decker bus chassis LH at 30' (9.1m); nearly 2,000 were built between 1967 and 1982 1318Royal Blue; BDV 318L | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 1318 | CBPG(BDV 318LRoyal Blue; BDV 318L | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 1318 | CBPG) a day out to the Bristol Harbourside event where she felt 'at home' with all the other Bristol's!

Vario at Start Point on Service 159

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17 Sep 2011
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A photographic stop for our VarioMercedes-Benz Vario (model designation W670) is a heavy van manufactured by Mercedes-Benz on Service 159 at the spectacular Start Point on the Kingsbridge Running DayFree vintage bus services on coast and country routes in South Devon usually held in September 2011.

'Loddiswell Station' on Kingsbridge Running Day 2011

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The LHBristol Commercial Vehicles Light Horizontal engined single-decker bus chassis LH at 30' (9.1m); nearly 2,000 were built between 1967 and 1982 pauses at 'Loddiswell Station' on service 103 - Kingsbridge to California Cross on the Running DayEach year in April CBPG holds an Annual Running Day with free bus trips around West Cornwall - check our Events for more information 2011.